Can you name the last Bundesliga Team of the Season?
Don’t worry, we won’t make you. We can’t ever remember who’s in England’s World Cup group, let alone what happened in Germany last season.
But if you do a bit of research you’ll find a team that have had a very mixed time of it following their selection.
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
A fractured foot suffered in training has kept Neuer out of action since September.
The 31-year-old has so far only played four games this season, keeping clean sheets in three of them, although he is eyeing a return soon.
In his absence Sven Ulreich has helped Bayern run away with the Bundesliga and progress in the Champions League. Put your feet up, Manuel.
Right-back: Lukas Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund)
Piszczek has mostly escaped the curse of the Team of the Year.
The 32-year-old defender has been one of Dortmund’s most influential players, aside from a spell out with a ruptured knee ligament.
He’ll be a part of Poland’s 2018 World Cup plans, as long as he can stay fit and healthy for the remainder of the season.
Left-back: Sead Kolasinac (Schalke)
When Kolasinac rocked up at Arsenal he was an instant hit with fans thanks to his powerful rumblings down the left.
But, as tends to happens with Arsenal players, as the season has worn on he’s looked less and less effective.
Gary Neville seems to think it’s because he can’t move his feet. He obviously can, but we’re not going to argue with Gary given his recent rants.
Centre-back: Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim)
Sule’s move from Hoffenheim to Bayern Munich puzzled many who cited the difficulties he’d have in breaking up the world-class defensive partnership between Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng.
When everyone is fit Boateng and Hummels remain Bayern’s first-choice, but Sule has still managed to clock up 30 appearances for club and country this season.
God bless squad rotation.
Centre-back: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
The German Jonathan Woodgate.
Absolute Rolls Royce of a player who looks unruffled by all he comes up against, including Tammy Abraham.
That’s what happens when you train against Robert Lewandowski every day.
Right winger: Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund)
Injuries have stopped Demebele from bedding in at Barcelona following his move from Dortmund.
Playing with Lionel Messi, and the standards he requires, have also been difficult for a player who thrives when playing off the cuff.
He’s too good not to start enjoying himself soon though.
Left winger: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig)
Another whose season has been interrupted by injuries, including four days out for a cold. We’ve all been there.
His agent pushed hard for a move to Arsenal last summer but both must now be thanking their lucky stars that didn’t go through.
Now he’s fit again it’s full steam ahead and making sure he’s in peak condition for Sweden’s World Cup campaign.
Centre-mid: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
Sorry if we sound like a broken record here, but injuries have… you get the idea.
Thiago’s made just nine league starts for Bayern this season, depriving us all of his velvety soft first-touch.
The World Cup will be a worse place if he isn’t in Russia.
Centre-mid: Naby Keita (RB Leipzig)
So far, so good for Keita’s future move to Liverpool.
The 23-year-old has remained injury free for the most part, although he’s trying to get as much rest as possible by picking up red and yellow cards.
We bet he can’t wait to play with Jordan Henderson.
Striker: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Bobby doesn’t deal in anything aside from goals.
Another 20 league goals for Bayern this season mean he’s in the hunt for the European Golden Boot.
No change there then.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
A penny for his thoughts after swapping Dortmund for Arsenal.
He’s scored two times since arriving in north London but has only been on the winning side once.
Still, at least he can tell the kids about the time he played with Alex Iwobi.
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